Finding Bubbling Provocations and Dark Humor in the San Antonio Arts Scene

By Alana Coates
Art Magazine, 2013

Since 1986, Contemporary Art Month (CAM) has been an important celebration of the visual and performing arts in San Antonio.  Yet, this long held celebration incorporated an imperative component to its calendar of events just last year: The Perennial Exhibition.  Frances Colpitt, the Deedie Potter Rose Chair of Art History at Texas Christian University, curated the inaugural exhibition, Natural Abstraction, which highlighted nine local artists in March of 2012.

The 2013 CAM Perennial, bite like a kitty, is curated by a leading figure in the contemporary arts field, Bill Arning. Assessing the San Antonio art scene from an outside perspective and extensive expertise, Arning has over thirty years of experience as a cutting-edge curator and innovative leader.  He is the former Director of MIT’s List Visual Arts Center and the New York City based alternative gallery space White Columns. Arning currently holds the position of Executive Director at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Arning shared his experience as the CAM Perennial Curator with Art Magazine.

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Front image courtesy of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center